Monday, September 23, 2019


What’s With the Turkeys?

There we were, driving along New Bridge Road towards Hackensack, when suddenly the traffic in our direction slowed down. On the right sidewalk, further ahead, we saw a man jogging in place and just staring. We wondered what was going on. In the other direction, the traffic was at a total standstill and then suddenly we saw what

Medieval Times, Worth Your Time?

I have seen the commercials and boy does Medieval Times look amazing. I always wondered, do they really not offer forks and knives with your dinner? My interest was always piqued, but never enough to purchase tickets for a show at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Only 15 minutes from Teaneck, the

We Need to Talk

We need to talk about death. More specifically, we need to talk about your death. I know, you don’t want to think about what may happen to you when you die. But by giving no thought to death now, you’ll be worse off later.

At Hebrew Free Burial Association, time and again we are confronted with

USCIS Announces Work-Authorization Eligibility For Certain H-4 Spouses

Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent

Teaneck to Montana: Highway 49 and the Vision Quest

Part I of III

Throughout American history, when Jews went West, the adventures and travails they faced on the road were not unique to them. In our times, this continues to be true: witness the following tale of a Teaneck family who heard the “call of the wild” and answered it:

Think Summer! Sleepaway Camp Tips for Parents

Tracy Levine did not have the ideal overnight camp experience, which she attributes to not attending the right camp for her. That is why now—as Director at One Happy Camper NJ (OHCNJ), a program of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life—she works tirelessly to help families find the right camp fit for their

The Success Story of Stan Steinreich

For Stan Steinreich, the world is an open conversation where barriers are broken through impactful, meaningful use of communication. Look at his accomplishments and one will see a man who has given the Jewish world much of his time, much of his efforts to see programs such as Birthright, the Jewish Federation for the Righteous,

Shemini: The Hyrax and the Hoopoe

Vayikra: 11: 1-29

A lonely hyrax sat on a windswept butte overlooking the verdant green valley below. He was a plump little fellow, about the size of a cat, who looked something like a rabbit who had eaten a few carrots too many—if you catch my drift—and he had deep brown fur with a white patch on

Ask and You Shall Receive

I find that people are generally very curious about mental health and mental illness. The human mind is a fascinating thing and people are interested to know what motivates us to do what we do and feel how we feel.

This week, I thought I’d share some of the more common questions I hear. At a

The Power of ‘Thank You’

“Thank you.”

Two little words that we hear on a daily basis, and yet there seems to be a strong deficit in the number of times we use this expression. In recent months I’ve observed the impact of “thank you” and the ways in which this can be therapeutic, beneficial, and overall

When Thinking Less Is Doing More

We are in a culture of doers. If there is something to get done, well, then get up and do it. In order to get things done, we plan, we theorize, we analyze, and then we execute an action plan. To put our dreams into motion is a very wonderful human ability. We create homes, families, jobs, communities, and so much more. The joys

Memories of a Mets Fan, Circa 1986

I know that son No.1 was home for the holidays. I know this because I hung Welcome Home signs all over the house so he would find them in the least expected places (bathroom, staircase landing, refrigerator). I know this because I greeted him when he came home from the airport in a snood that I bought in Monsey because I knew it